Marcianna Cardona

Marcianna Cardona

Hometown: Cheektowaga, NY

Major: Childhood/Special Education- Social Studies

Graduation Year: 2024

Why did you choose Daemen University?

Daemen was actually the only school to which I applied. After looking at many colleges and universities, I felt that Daemen was just the right fit for me. I had grown up in a small school district and the transition over to a smaller university felt right. 

Why did you choose your present major? 

I have always loved helping people, and I feel like the education is a great way to do just that.

Please briefly describe your Scholar's Day. 

When I attended Scholar's Day, I was terrified. In fact, I was worried about just about everything---how I was dressed, what I'd say in my interview, you name it. After getting to Daemen that day however, I realized I was not the only one feeling this way. In fact, even the two lovely ladies conducting my interview validated how I was feeling. We had what felt like more of a conversation rather than an interview and, just like that, it was over! Stressful for sure, but also an exceptional experience.

Please describe your academic experience at Daemen.

Each year I seem to have one class that challanges me. However, each year I've had the pleasure of working with such wonderful faculty who are personable and can relate to the challanges I face. Although school can get hard at times, there will always be someone around to lift you up and offer a hand---all you need to do is ask.

What do you like best about Daemen?

Without a doubt, the best thing about Daemen is the small, tight-knit community. You have the chance to get to know your professors and classmates, and with that comes so many new and exciting opportunities. 

What clubs or organizations have you been a part of here at Daemen University? What kinds of things do they do?

At Daemen I've had the pleasure of being a member of the Education Club. In the club there are what seems like endless possibilities for professional development and networking. We have hosted Special Olympics nights where athletes from around the area come and hang out with us. We also have bi-monthly meetings where we'll talk about general club information and updates or where a speaker will come in and talk to us about different topics within the field of education. Not only do we hold meetings, but we also get involved in the community! Each year (since 2021) we've banded together to take the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. The club definitely has a lot to offer!

Please describe any internship, study abroad, service learning or academic experience?

Being an education major means that I have the opportunity each semester to work with a cooperating teacher in the field (out in schools). So far, I've been placed in two suburban schools and one urban school, and with each experience I've gotten to work with teachers to view lessons, help students, and learn skills that will help me once I reach the student teaching level. Each placement I've had has been great, and field-based/practicum experiences are definitely one of the perks of being an education major at Daemen!

Do you have a job or jobs on campus? Please provide a brief description. 

Although I do not have an on-campus job, I work near campus with Cheektowaga Youth and Recreation as an activity director for their Adapted Recreation and Summer Camp programs, and I've been a Special Olympics coach for five years now. I'm also a direct support professional for Suburban Adult Services Inc.!

What is your favorite spot to stop by in town?

John & Mary's A-Bomb Subs, right down the street on Harlem!

What piece of advice would you give to prospective students? 

Don't dismiss new opportunities. Even if you feel like you don't have enough experience or you won't make it, just try! If it doesn't work out, then try for the next thing that comes your way. Just by putting yourself out there you're gaining priceless experience.